As we can see, in all areas of the great wine game, progress is changing direction. Everywhere, we are returning to forgotten practices. The noticeable appearance of amphorae in the cellars takes us back at least twenty centuries. Which makes this title, in the form of a nod to Mao, well worthwhile.
At a time when wines matured in amphorae have become trendy, it is good to give the floor to those who paved the way in France for this container originally used for wine making. Philippe Viret (Drôme), Frédéric Niger (Loire-Atlantique), Jean-Claude Lapalu (Rhône), Stéphane Tissot (Jura) and Yves Canarelli (Corsica) all share the same potter, Alain Berthéas, based in Séguret, in the Vaucluse. For him, without an amphora, there is no wine. Moreover, he specifies that they are not amphorae, but dolia (plural of the Latin word dolium). In his workshop, the Burgundy-born craftsman